View Full Version : Chandra Sees a Bridge Between Stars

2005-Sep-06, 09:04 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers have theorized that Mira AB is a binary star system consisting of an evolved red giant star and a white dwarf star, and now the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been able to resolve their relationship. Chandra can actually resolve the stream of matter flowing off the red giant, which is then captured by the white dwarf. This matter heats up as it bunches up around the white dwarf, and blazes in the X-ray spectrum. Mira AB is only 450 light-years away, and the stars are separated by approximately twice the distance of the Sun and Pluto.

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